Motivation Monday: Forget Zumba, Line Dancing is Where It’s At

Happy Monday guys!

The weather this past week was absolutely gorgeous!  What a wonderful Spring Break! I greatly enjoyed my 3 days off of work, but wish I had an awesome training and eating week to report to you. Alas, I am human too 🙂

Monday – the week started great – I ate clean, tried out a new recipe, did a 45 min Nike Training Club workout, then went for a 5k run in the evening.

Tuesday – beautiful day out, but I slept in and missed my opportunity to workout.  (Note to self: work on going to bed earlier).  I can’t blame daylight savings time for my sleep-in either – truth be told, I simply stayed up too late surfing the internet.  On the plus side, I organised one of the kids rooms, took the girls to the park (twice) and ate clean.

Wednesday – back to work.  I ate clean, but skipped my workout because I slept in and didn’t remember to bring my workout gear to work. (Note to self: work on going to bed earlier AND preparing my stuff the night before).

Thursday – Again I slept in, and missed my workout.  I was off of work so I met my BFF and another friend of ours at the Toronto Zoo with the kids.  It was a gorgeous day outside, and we had a lot of fun checking out the animals:

Like this orangutan nursing her baby.

And this Polar Bear

Friday – back to work. I arrived at work and found a new email from my husband:

The girls and I would like you and Amber to join us in Niagara Falls for a fun-filled getaway to the Americana Resort and Water Park. Please pack for yourself and Amber and meet us there tonight.

Wha?  He never does spontaneous things so I was shocked!  He drove Sierra and Brooke to Niagara Falls (he had the day off as it was his turn to look after him for Spring Break). He took them out for breakfast and lunch, mini golfing and spent several hours at the Americana Indoor Water Park with them.  Even though I had completely remembered my workout gear, I had to work through my lunch in order to build some extra time to leave work early so I could drive and get to Niagara Falls before the girls bed time.  Boy were they ever excited to be staying at a hotel!

Amber enjoying a snack before bed

Saturday – After a terrible sleep (Amber didn’t sleep well at the hotel), we all got up for breakfast, then spent THREE hours at the water park before driving home:

Brooke enjoying the "spa" in the toddler pool

After we got home, my BFF came over and had dinner with us, then we got all dolled up for a night out…


Ready for some line dancing!

We had a blast!  We went to a country bar called Nashville North which is a short 20 min drive from my house that recently re-opened.  From 9-12 they have all country line dancing, then at midnight it switches to Top 40 Dance Music.  We got there at 10, watched the dancers for quite some time before we joined in and danced to few songs we knew: Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Cha Cha Slide and The Macarena. Then music turned to Top 40 Dance so we danced some more.   We’re both city girls and while the idea of line dancing sounded fun, neither of us had any experience, so it took us a while to work up the courage to join the dancers and try to follow along with them:

Line dancing is one serious workout! Holy moly!  And FUN!!

When we left we vowed to learn a few more dances so that we can dance more next time (Yes there will definitely be a next time). (Tush Push? Electric Slide? Fake ID? The Wobble? Cotton-Eyed Joe? Achy Breaky? Oh YouTube I love thee!). We each did some research and found some classes we can take so that we can make line dancing a more regular girls night out.  My BFF lives an hour away from me, so we’ll have to take our classes on our own.  But I told another one of my friends about our night out and she’s interested in coming to the classes with me – YAY!

Looking ahead…  This coming week is a taper week, even though I really haven’t done much running for a few weeks. I have a 30k race (Around the Bay 30k Road Race) this coming weekend.  I’m not going for a PR – I just hope to finish it without getting injured because I haven’t really trained for it.
Monday – Spinning class
Tuesday – 5k easy
Wednesday – BodyPump
Thursday – 5k easy
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Rest
Sunday30k race

I also want to focus on a few things that I’ve noticed are a regular theme in my Monday posts:

  1. Sleep – I need to go to bed at 10 (no excuses!)
  2. Prepare – I need to pack my lunch and my backpack with my workout clothes before I go to bed
  3. Nutrition – I need to meal plan ahead of time
So with that said, I’m heading off to bed. My bag and my lunch are packed, and I’m ready to make next week a better training week (though I do admit I greatly enjoyed all of the quality family time I had this past week).

Have a great week everyone!

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  • Kris
    March 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

    love Love LOVE it! I just love those surprising little times when we discover something that we totally like. YAY YAY YAY!
    tush push is on your horizon!

    • Janice
      March 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Lol! Thanks Kris! I learned the dance from Foot Loose thanks to YouTube yesterday and I’m serious about taking this class every Wed. Night. I like that it’s an activity that my best friends also enjoy (sadly not everyone shares my passion for running).

  • Yellow Haired Girl
    March 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I LOVE LINE DANCING! Seriously. There is a country bar in the city where I live, and being a born and raised country girl, it’s like it’s in my blood 🙂 Such a fun time! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Steven Bancroft
    March 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Line dancing or any dancing is a great workout. Whenever I can make working out a fun activity (swimming, skiing, tennis, dancing … you name it), I do so. Yes, I still hit the gym for weights, but if I can take care of a few cardio workouts playing, then it’s a win/win.

  • Amber K
    March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I just had my own weekend of line dancing! It seems like most country bars play the Tush Push a lot, so that’s definitely one to learn. It’s funny because that and the Electric Slide are the only two I still remember from middle school gym class. The Wobble is super easy, which I’m thankful for since I just learned it! Right now I’m trying to master All Jacked Up, Baby Likes to Rock It and Red Solo Cup. Yay for country music 🙂

    • Janice
      March 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Yanno, a week ago your comment would have been a completely foreign language to me, yet now I totally understand (and can picture) each of those dances in my head 🙂

      • Amber K
        March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

        lol, it does totally sound like a foreign language! I just started really getting into it this year and I’m already having a blast. Dancing is a fun way to burn calories.

  • oma
    March 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Who woulda thunk that this true blue NKOTB fan would ever enjoy country music!?!

  • Angie
    March 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Love the zoo! And the hotel sounds like fun.

    I have made it a goal for the past two weeks to be in bed no later than 11 PM and it’s made a world of difference the next day.

    Wishing you the best for your race. 30k WOW

    • Janice
      March 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Angie!


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